How to Build DIY Mini Patio / Outdoor Pond for Freshwater Fish:

For adding beauty to my home, I have built backyard garden ponds. Someone suggested that I setup a front yard pond too. So, I have made a pond for the front yard of my home & in this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can build a DIY mini patio pond. I have setup my pond at the doorstep of my home. Mini Patio ponds are simple to build & its maintenance can be simple if you setup better filtration & add low maintenance aquarium plants. 
A pond inside a frame is very simple to build because the frame is used for hiding the inside container. I have used extra support to the frame & the top cover is used for keeping the entire frame together. You can build a low budget front yard pond from a free container. For beauty, hide it in a treated wood frame & strain the frame for exterior purpose. If you want to setup a pond for the front yard of your house, then I would suggest you create a Mini Patio Pond.


How to Build a Mini Outdoor Pond:

In this video I am going to show you how to build an outdoor pond for the front yard of your house.

How to Build DIY Mini Front Yard Pond


Materials:

  1. Timer Screws
  2. Treated Pine Timber
  3. Timber Stain

 

Step 1: Treated Pine Timber for Patio Pond Frame:


Treated Pine Timber for Patio Pond Frame
Treated Pine Timber for Patio Pond Frame

I have chosen treated pine timber for building the frame for my pond. Treated pine timber is permeated with a chemical solution, which offers a long-lasting resistance against decay, insects, & other damaging factors.

 

Step 2: Cut the Timber:


Cut Timber for Patio Pond Frame
Cut Timber for Patio Pond Frame

I am using a Treated Pine Timber frame for hiding a container that will hold water. The external frame looks attractive & gives strength to the pond. I have measured the dimensions of the container & have cut the timber accordingly.

 

Step 3: Fix the Frame Pieces Together:


Fix Frame Pieces Together
Fix Frame Pieces Together

Now it is time to join the frame pieces together & use screws for fixing them.

 

Step 4: Stain the Patio Pond Frame:


Stain Mini Patio Pond for Exterior Use
Stain Mini Patio Pond for Exterior Use

Stain a mini patio pond for exterior use. If you place wood outside then it will go through aging & wear from sunlight, & weather factors. Staining will offer a natural look to the wood.

 

Step 5: Top Corner Frame:


Staining Timber for Top Corner Frame
Staining Timber for Top Corner Frame

For the top corner frame, I have cut the timber at 45 Degree. It seems attractive & protects the patio pond. I have used black stain on the top corner because it matches the inside of the container. Apply stain on every side of the wood for more protection.

 

Step 6: Corner Frame:


Staining Timber for the Corner Frame
Staining Timber for the Corner Frame

I have cut the timer for the corner frame. I have applied black stain on the corner timber for beauty & protection.

 

Step 7: Leave Corner Lid for Bracing the Pond:


Leave Corner Lid for Bracing the Pond
Leave Corner Lid for Bracing the Pond

Cut the middle part of the container lid & leave the corners for bracing the pond. Use sandpaper for sanding the rough edges.

 

Step 8: Styrofoam for Raising the Pond:


Styrofoam for Raising the Pond
Styrofoam for Raising the Pond

Styrofoam is applied for raising the pond container. It should be placed at the bottom inside the frame.

 

Step 9: Finishing of DIY Mini Patio Pond:


Finishing of DIY Mini Patio Pond
Finishing of DIY Mini Patio Pond

I have chosen black color stain for the frame corner support because it looks nice & matches the inside of the pond. External frame corner also supports the patio pond.

 

Step 10: Setup Mini Patio Pond:


How to Build DIY Mini Outdoor / Exterior Pond
Finished Building of DIY Mini Outdoor Pond

I have setup my mini patio pond near the front door of my home. People entering my home can have a look at this beautiful outdoor pond.

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